A Wee Christmas Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Series #3) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Tis the season to be jolly, but in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in short supply due to a snowless winter that's keeping skiers and shoppers at a distance. Fortunately, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . .


Liss's brainstorm focuses on Tiny Teddies, the new "hot" toy of the season. Every store across the country is out of stock--except a few ...

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A Wee Christmas Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Series #3)

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Overview

Tis the season to be jolly, but in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in short supply due to a snowless winter that's keeping skiers and shoppers at a distance. Fortunately, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . .


Liss's brainstorm focuses on Tiny Teddies, the new "hot" toy of the season. Every store across the country is out of stock--except a few wee establishments in good ol' Moosetookalook.


The first sign of something amiss occurs when the last Tiny Teddy is summarily executed: shot through the heart in the display window of greedy toy store owner Gavin Thorne. But the Teddy's demise is just a precursor to the eerily similar murder of Gavin himself. . .


Now, with the Twelve (or, in Scots terms, the Daft) Days of Christmas rapidly approaching, Liss has a plate full of things worse than haggis to contend with, starting with a stockroom packed with poultry (don't ask), and ending with a killer who'd like to see Liss's goose well and fully cooked. . .



"A picturesque location, a bit of romance, some suspense, and a cast of appealingly quirky characters."
--Booklist


"The blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish."
--Kirkus Reviews



"Perfect for the holiday season."
--Romantic Times

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Liss MacCrimmon (Stone Cold Dead), proprietor of the Scottish Emporium in the Maine town of Moosetookalook, helps her fellow businesspeople drum up shoppers by launching a holiday campaign claiming their small community is the only place left to get this season's hottest stuffed toy. Someone gets greedy, however, and the toy store owner is murdered. Liss and a quirky cast of supporting characters start their own investigation. For cozy mystery aficionados.
Kirkus Reviews
A little Maine town is brought to its knees by the frenzied pursuit of a popular Christmas toy. Tiny Teddies are one hot item. One of the few stores in New England that seems to have any available is Moosetookalook's Scottish Emporium, the shop run by Liss MacCrimmon and owned by her aunt. Even after she becomes aware of their scarcity, Liss sells her bears at the normal price, while her greedy rival merchants Gavin Thorne and Marcia Milliken continue to raise their prices at a meteoric rate. The bear mania gives Liss an idea for promoting the whole town of Moosetookalook: to arrange a Twelve Days of Christmas celebration in the hope that frantic bear hunters will spread their money around town. When Gavin is found shot dead in his store, Liss's friend, police officer Sherri Willett, and Liss's sometime love interest, state cop Gordon Tandy, think the motive is robbery plain and simple, but Liss is sure that those bears are a motive. Despite objections from Gordon's romantic rival, Dan Ruskin, Liss can't help but stick her nose into the mystery. Her plan brings plenty of business to Moosetookalook, along with plenty of trouble and a death-defying chase that ushers in Christmas. Dunnett's third is a wee bit complicated (Scone Cold Dead, 2008, etc.). But the blend of romance and cozy mystery will please lovers of all things Scottish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758262042
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Liss MacCrimmon Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 54,796
  • File size: 463 KB

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Kaitlyn Dunnett gives her readers a glimpse of what a small Maine town is like just prior to Christmas

    In Moosetookalook, Maine, at the Scottish Emporium, owner Liss MacCrimmon is suspicious when Gavin Thorne of the Toy Box enters. He wants to buy the wee Scottish teddy bears at a dealer discount. She says no, but he drops a newspaper with an article on the latest toy craze of the season the Tiny Teddies. Across New England and probably the country, no store has any in stock except in Moosetookalook, Maine as Liss has a hundred; and Gavin and Marcia also have a supply.

    With a snow-less Christmas, the economy is in a slump. Liss suggests advertising on TV, the Net and the newspapers the sale of the Tiny Teddies to bring in collectors to fill the empty hotels and restaurants, etc. desperate for a purchase. The three owners agree but Gavin gauges the supply and sells them for outrageous prices. Someone obviously irate shoots a bullet through his store window piercing the heart of the last Toy Teddie. Everyone assumes it was a dumb prank, but Liss finds Gavin SCONE COLD DEAD in his home executed with a shot to his heart. She is determined to find the killer though the State Police Officer Gordon who is her boyfriend tells her to keep her butt out of the investigation. Her obstinacy almost leads to the deaths of her and Gordon.

    Kaitlyn Dunnett gives her readers a glimpse of what a small Maine town is like just prior to Christmas. Moosetookalook is populated by eccentrics who are independent and hard working. They rally around the tree for the good of the town. Although why Liss insists on probing the homicide of an obnoxious colleague is a bit over the top of Mt. Katahdin, fans will enjoy the holiday homicide in The Pine Tree State.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Just so-so.

    This is the first Kaitlyn Dunnett book I've had the opportunity to read. I found it a little boring and just so-so. I think it's a good book for light reading but the characters are too easy to forget. I found myself going back through the pages to figure out who is who.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

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    Quick holiday read

    Although the story was kind of cute, it was very slow paced book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Meh

    Slow and boring read. I had to force myself to finish it so that I could move on to something else.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

    Nice Light Read...

    Enjoyed this Christmas mystery. Fairly quick and simple to read. Nothing to heavy here...I am more into Patricia Cornwell type crime novels but if you want something on the lighter side and fairly quick to read this would fill your needs nicely!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Light easy reading

    As small town mystery series go, it's OK. I like the Scottish angle, but how many people can get killed in such a small town before everyone dies or moves out?

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Good read.

    This was a pretty good read - no glaring typo errors. Would I read it again? Probably not, but I usually don't reread books anyway unless they are part of a series and I then "skim" the earlier books in the series to catch up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Slow

    Although the story was kind of cute, it was very slow paced book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    A Wee Christmas Homicide

    Good read, held my interest...funny...lots of twists...likeable characters.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    This is my first encounter with this series, and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading the rest of the series and recommending these books to my fellow cozy lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2010

    Not a recommended read.

    This is definitely not a page turner. While it may not be the last in this series, it will be the last for me. The characters weren't interesting and the plot's pace was equal to that molasses being poured. The "must have" Christmas toy seemed like revenge of the beanie babies. There was definitely nothing cozy about this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Fun book to read

    Sometimes Liss is almost too head strong. But this is a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    Not my cuppa tea

    The plot was slow moving, my bookclub all guessed the murderer well before the main character, so the story really dragged after that point. The main character, with her two boyfriends was tedious and boring, not adding to either the story or plot.

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